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So what I am about to say, I say to both friends and critics. I say it to the happy, and to the angry. I say it anyone who can fog up a mirror.

A retired professor sent me a letter. He told me that one of my stories was “plain,” and “needed more work.” And he told me a lot more than that, too.

I was afraid he was going to grade my work and give me a C minus.

I have a noted history of getting C’s. I once set a longstanding academic record for earning the most consecutive C’s in my weight division. Things like that stick with you.

Not all the messages I receive are bad, though. For example: This morning I got a message from a man in Tallapoosa. He started with the words, “I love you.”

That was nice. I can’t think of a better way to start a weekday.

Then, the man went on to tell me about something that happened to him once.

Years ago, he was standing in a supermarket line. He was trying to pay for his groceries, but his card got declined. A woman in line paid for his items. She was a stranger. He’s never told anyone about this.

“That woman probably didn’t know it,” he wrote, “but I was a single dad, at the time I was broke. She put food in my kids’ mouths.”

There’s the letter I got from the woman in Chattanooga.

She got pregnant when she was seventeen. Her family kicked her out of the house. She almost gave the child up for adoption because seventeen-year-olds can’t afford babies.

She wanted her child to have a good life, even if this meant letting it go.

A neighbor woman invited the girl to live with her for as long as the girl needed. She offered to babysit her child, and to let her use her car. The woman’s only condition was that the girl stay in school.

That was ten years ago, today the girl has a nursing degree and a nine-year-old.

Here’s another. A man named Trevor, from Missouri, sent me a story about his dog that went missing a few years back.

The animal was gone for a week. Trevor thought the animal was forever lost. He checked nearby shelters and neighborhoods. He even put up posters. Nothing.

One night, he got a call from a woman in Southeast Kansas. She had his dog.

He broke down crying on the phone. The dog had traveled twenty-four miles across a state line and showed up on her farm. When the woman found the animal she dialed the number she found on the dog’s tags.

Trevor made friends with the woman. Today, he regularly brings his dog to her property to let the dog run, and to drink tea with his new friend.

At Cracker Barrel last night, I watched an elderly woman in the busy dining room. The woman was eating alone. Have you ever watched an old woman eat alone? It’ll bring a tear to a glass eye.

A waitress struck up a conversation with the woman. They laughed a lot.

The server was in the weeds, but she never acted too busy for her elderly customer. The old woman seemed grateful to have someone to talk to.

And when I saw the large tip the old woman left, I knew her waitress would also be grateful.

Anyway, I get a lot of letters. Most are nice ones, but I also receive my share of nitpicks.

Someone called me “a misguided Pollyanna.” My mother will get a kick out of that.

This week, one offended person called me “racially crude” for using the term “Atlanta Braves.”

The truth is, these vocal readers are probably right about me. What business do I have writing? Who am I? I’m an average man from nowhere, who never had much of a GPA, and still sleeps with a nightlight. That’s who.

But everyone’s opinion means something, even if it’s a negative one.

So here’s my opinion, if I may:

What I am about to say, I say to both friends and critics. I say it to the happy, and the angry. The glass-half-full people, and the gloomy realists. I say it to anyone who can fog up a mirror.

To those who help teenage girls raise their babies. To anyone who isn’t sure they can make it another twenty-four hours. To professors.

To sad people. To Cracker Barrel waitresses who keep their wings hidden. To single fathers who can’t afford groceries. To strangers who make sure they can.

I say this because I believe it. And because I need to hear it. And I say it because it was recently said to me, and it is a great way to start a weekday.

I love you.

And.

C‘s aren’t all that bad once you get used to them.

95 comments

  1. Karen - April 4, 2019 6:59 am

    I need your stories. Your writing brings me joy and hope. You reveal the hidden wings that are tucked among us, the ones we fail to see. I need to know about the love and goodness in others. It is a priceless gift. Thank you.

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  2. Mary Williams - April 4, 2019 8:49 am

    You get all A’s in my book. Your column is the first thing I read every day, And it helps me start my day right. There are always those who tear down and criticize, but you build up and lift up. Your words remind me to look a little more carefully at the world and the people in it, and to take the time to savor the little glimpses into others that I might miss otherwise.

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  3. Tawanah Fagan Bagwell - April 4, 2019 10:06 am

    Nothing but A’s from me! Your writings warm my heart about people like me and those around me.

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  4. Jean - April 4, 2019 10:19 am

    It seems to me in this day of electronics that there are far too many who feel they must express their opinion and most of them are not good. Reading that some have caused people to take their own lives. I cannot imagine any one who could or would do that. Here is my opinion…you are a wonderful writer…you make my day begin…there are thousands of us out here that think the same thing….and Sean, as I have said before. i love you! Oh and A all the way!

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  5. Elizabeth - April 4, 2019 10:21 am

    Some people are just gonna hate but you are loved!

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  6. Shannon Moore - April 4, 2019 10:55 am

    For the love………Please Sean, NEVER EVER, let those naysayers stop you from brightening every one of my days as I sip my morning Joe.

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  7. Jo Ann - April 4, 2019 10:56 am

    I love you, Sean. Everyone has a right to their opinion. but please keep doing what you’re doing. ( and what’s wrong with sleeping with a nightlight?!)

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  8. MT - April 4, 2019 11:02 am

    Hi my favorite Chip Monk. I love you too and you get A++ in my book. I’ve been under the weather lately and your posts have helped me along. I have needed the positive potes so keep ’em coming. Thanks so much for your sweet heart and outlook on this world we live in. Tell Jamie I’ll give her another non-Baptist hugs next time I see her too. Thanks again for all your words. We NEED them whether they are academically correct or not. Dream big my friend.

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  9. Cathi - April 4, 2019 11:04 am

    Sean, never ever doubt how much you are loved by me, your other fans far and wide and the 3 you know the best (Jamie, Thelma Lou & Otis Campbell). You always give me a smile to begin my day and that is nothing but am A+ in my book! And no, I don’t grade on a curve.

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  10. Debbie - April 4, 2019 11:05 am

    Well, I never….You just keep on writing – they don’t have to read it!

    I’m 68 years old, we live in the country, and it’s dark out here. I mean really dark. I found out how dark when we moved out here 34 years ago. Got up in the night to check on the kids and tumbled down the stairs. Got up the next night, staying well to the other side of the hall to avoid the stairs, and bumped into the door jamb. So, we got a night light in the hallway…..it’s still there.

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  11. Linda - April 4, 2019 11:16 am

    Sean, there will always be the naysayers….they have nothing better to do with their time…..it’s sad as life is short and we really are not here on the face of this earth for long …..
    So here’s to you Sean – for being here for us who love you and your way of brightening all of our days with your words and they way you put them together.
    I have a nightlight too…..

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  12. Melanie - April 4, 2019 11:16 am

    ❤️

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  13. Bartley Rogers - April 4, 2019 11:27 am

    Dear Sean
    I will probably never understand why some folks feel the need to nitpick and criticize other folks. Especially someone they don’t even know. My momma always said “if you can’t say anything thing nice, don’t say anything at all.”
    I sorta feel sorry for such folks. Must be a miserable existence to go through life that way, bless their hearts.
    I know you won’t let them get you down. After all the stuff you’ve been through, such nonsense don’t amount to anything.
    Just fodder for another column.
    Preciate ya!
    Rogers Bartley

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  14. Judy - April 4, 2019 11:35 am

    I would be very sad if you quit writing. It does make me sad that there are people that just can’t move on when something doesn’t suit them. I love your style – I have often called it “a balm for my soul.” Your words encourage us to slow down and notice the good around us. And I am thankful for your message and for you.

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  15. Terri C Boykin - April 4, 2019 11:41 am

    Love you much Sean!

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  16. Sue - April 4, 2019 11:50 am

    Amen to what everyone has said. Keep up the good work❤

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  17. Ellen - April 4, 2019 11:52 am

    Thank you, Sean, for my daily infusion of hope. It shows up in my inbox on those mornings when hope is a quart low. When my troubled 34-year-old son has lambasted me the night before and declared that I am the reason he cannot function in the real world because I suggested in his youth that he could be a writer someday. When I look at the calendar for the umpteenth time and count the days until my social security “entitlement” makes it to my account. When grandson’s shoes are waay too small but new ones must wait until the funds are in the bank. When the hairdresser at Beauty Budget Cut and Curl is new and tried her best but now I look like Kathy Anderson on a really bad day. The hope I find in my inbox underneath your name prompts me to a prayer of gratitude for the little things that bring me joy and the good people, the good ordinary people, who are responsible for them. I love you, too…

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    • Emjay - April 4, 2019 8:56 pm

      Ellen: I love YOU, too! ❤️

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      • Nancy - May 4, 2019 4:35 pm

        I am praying for you, Ellen. I’m doing much better now, but I used to cry when I had to pay bills.

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  18. TV - April 4, 2019 11:53 am

    My wife and I miss the stories that center around your dogs

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  19. Linda - April 4, 2019 11:58 am

    Inspiration – that is your writing to me! You have a talent that naysayers can’t diminish…….

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  20. Ginger Clifton - April 4, 2019 12:01 pm

    Taught school 38 years, and hold onto your hats, educators. A’s are very overrated as predictors of success. Good one, Sean!

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    • Trina V. - April 5, 2019 12:33 pm

      I am a soon-to-be retired English teacher, and I completely agree with Ginger! Many students who were “average” C students have gone on to have very successful, happy lives while some A students have floundered.

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  21. Shannon Shelton Brown - April 4, 2019 12:03 pm

    I’m a rather new fan of just a month or two. You are my morning devotion, my Hallmark movie, my reminder that the good in folks is what matters. Thank you. Please keep on keeping on! (Yes, this sentence ends with a preposition, and I’m a grammar nerd, and I don’t care!) I love you and your golden words of wisdom. Embrace who you are because we, your fans, do exactly that.

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  22. Naomi - April 4, 2019 12:15 pm

    Just for your information: People don’t like you if you make As either.

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  23. stina - April 4, 2019 12:16 pm

    And yet if grades were based on the emotions they evoke from your reader- you would have straight A’s. Small kindnesses keep the world turning and that includes all you write.

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  24. Karen Hand - April 4, 2019 12:21 pm

    Sean, I am a retired teacher. I found out a long time ago that we all have a story to tell and you do a great job telling stories. The stories you tell could be stories told by most of us. We have lost family members, cheered teams, found friends in strangers, and watched the world go by. Please know that I would never grade your writing. You are a story teller and therefore, have creative license to write how you wish! Much love to you and Jamie. Karen

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    • Johnny Parker - April 4, 2019 12:50 pm

      Sean,
      You sure get a lot of comments, mostly good but sometimes fault-finding. Here’s my take on this. Let he (or she) who is without fault cast the first stone. Now look around you. All the fault-finders have left the room. The only two people left in the room is you and a Jewish carpenter who loves you. That’s really what matters.

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  25. Evelyn Flowers - April 4, 2019 12:40 pm

    Sean, I love your blogs! They are so real and uplifting. I forward to 10 friends daily who love them also! You are a true inspiration!!! Keep ‘um coming!

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  26. Connie Havard Ryland - April 4, 2019 12:44 pm

    I love you too. There’s nothing mediocre about your writing. I started reading newspaper columnists a long time ago. Lewis Grizzard and Erma Bombeck mainly; a few local people who told good stories as well. I read them for the same reason I read your words every day with my morning coffee. Y’all write about real things. Life and love, joy and sorry, frustration and pain and the angels who don’t want to be known, but simply are. Thankfully words and music live on and we can go back and read the ones who have left us, and I can get up every morning and read your words, and when I have a spare minute I can pick up one of your books and read more. You make us see things that we don’t always see, and I’m grateful for that. Love and hugs.

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  27. Amy Brinkerhoff - April 4, 2019 12:54 pm

    I read your column everyday. It is my morning devotional. I am thankful to be able to read stories which are not complicated or deep or depressing like most news we receive every day. It reminds me that there are people living with grace and that those same folks have compassion for others even though their own circumstances may be difficult. Your column reminds me that small acts of kindness really do make a difference. These small acts don’t have to involve money, just kindness.
    Mr. Fussypants professor may think your words are plain, but they are the perfect words for many of us, the plain folks. The folks who work more than they play and who try to do a little good along the way.

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  28. Cathy Moss - April 4, 2019 1:01 pm

    Oh Sean, one of the nicest things my youngest son has ever done for me is introducing me to your column. It’s the first thing I do after that first cup of coffee brings me into this chaotic, frantic world. I too was an average student. I came from educated people and did fairly well in English, history and a little French. However , the side of my brain that was in charge of math and science was not up to speed. Our next door neighbor taught school at the private boys school in Mobile and my folks asked him to tutor me. I can still remember sitting at our dining room table with him. He was a sweet man . He was patient and kind. Never raised his voice but I do recall him shaking his head on numerous occasions. To that point, my dad did tell me after another failure in plane geometry that it was commen sense that would get me through life. I still don’t have a mind for numbers but I am almost 71 and it really does not matter any more . I get along just fine . What does matter is that I can read people and even though we have never met, I know your heart. The criticism you are receiving is coming from people who simply don’t have enough to occupy their time. . We live in a world with a lot of meanness . Don’t let the mean guys win. I love you and I know how many lives you are touching. What the world needs now is live, sweet love, that’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. That ended with a preposition and written by Burt Bacharach. Dionne Warwick sang the song. The side of my brain that’s in charge of music works in overtime. Never stop writing.? God gifted you❤️🙏🏻👍

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  29. Becky - April 4, 2019 1:02 pm

    Sean,
    I love reading your column. You see the good in people, in the world in general. To many people only see the bad. The news is 95% bad news now days, but you write about the good things in this world no matter how simple, that others over look. Please don’t ever stop being you, I think there are more people in this world like you then the critics. I sure hope so anyway. God loves you and so do I. As far as I’m concerned you have a 4.0+ GPA.

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  30. Jane - April 4, 2019 1:05 pm

    Look forward to your read every day!!!!!

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  31. Fran Hopkins - April 4, 2019 1:08 pm

    I’m thankful every night I was born in America, to my parents and raised in the South.

    Love your stories. and I love you love your wife!

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  32. Sally - April 4, 2019 1:10 pm

    Most mornings, you crack me up! Everybody needs more of that..

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  33. AC - April 4, 2019 1:13 pm

    Your writing comes from your heart, most people can’t even say what they feel. You help them with those words. You do not have to be an A, but you are. Bet the professor is a C in feelings from his heart and does not share them.
    AAAAAAAAAA for you!

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  34. Peg Johnston - April 4, 2019 1:15 pm

    Sean, you are my morning gift (sometimes it’s even two o’clock in the morning)!! Please have Jamie give you a hug for me….

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  35. Phillip Saunders. - April 4, 2019 1:16 pm

    Hey, Sean, your prof friend is just jealous. Don’t worry about all those C’s – they’re history (no pun intended). I made lots of C’s, too, and some letters even further down the alphabet, but here I am, feeling good about that, happy as a hog in a mud wallow. Married to a wonderful math teacher who can’t spell kat, but, boy, she knows those numbers!
    Keep writing about all those neat people you meet along the way, and polish your complaint deflector.

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  36. Janet Williams - April 4, 2019 1:21 pm

    Sean, no one has eve made all his/her professors happy. And most of us, if we are honest, made a few Cs and most of us are reasonable functioning adults in spite of it. I look forward to your posts each day and more often than not, I pass them along to friends who pass them along to their friends. You remind us all to count our many blessings and to treat our fellow human beings with grace and kindness. “Plain” seems to be working for lots of us.

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  37. Tana Newman Branch - April 4, 2019 1:24 pm

    I love your heart –you have one of the best ones in writing. You must be striking a cord somewhere because your readers are growing in number. Keep it up! Keep talking about good people doing good things for others because we need to be reminded daily that wonderful people are around doing their thing. It’s all good and so are you.

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  38. Judy - April 4, 2019 1:24 pm

    I’m glad you’re a C student and not an A. If you were an A you would probably be too refined for us average people to enjoy your common everyday life experiences and love of life. Keep using your great talent!

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  39. Linda Heman - April 4, 2019 1:25 pm

    I love you too, Sean! I look forward to your posts each morning. Keep up the good work. We all need a few more Pollyannas these days!!

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  40. Tom Luckett - April 4, 2019 1:32 pm

    Thanks you start my day ever since I found your column 😊

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  41. Kay - April 4, 2019 1:35 pm

    Lol! Are ALL old English teachers just envious, frustrated writers? I’ll tell you this, not one of my English teachers ever gave me hope and started every day on a positive note, so just keep up the great work!

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  42. T.C. - April 4, 2019 1:39 pm

    As I once told my mother about C’s on my report card; C’s mean average and I’m your average student.

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  43. Joe Vanden Heuvel - April 4, 2019 1:50 pm

    Excellent Sean. You put good stuff out into the world. Keep it up. I love you.

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  44. Mary - April 4, 2019 2:02 pm

    Bravo, Sean! You remind us of the good in everyday, might I say COMMON people. Your writing causes me to look for those opportunities to be a small blessing in someone’s life. For that you will certainly get an A+ and eventually, a crown. May God bless you richly.

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  45. MermaidGrammy - April 4, 2019 2:15 pm

    I cannot tell you how happy I was to get a C! Now, you make an old lady who eats alone regularly very happy. And I probably have degrees as advanced as the complaining professor! You’re a wonderful person and I love you

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  46. Jeanie C. - April 4, 2019 2:18 pm

    Enjoy each day what you write. Keep up the good work. Makes me smile and I need that.

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  47. Shelton A. - April 4, 2019 2:19 pm

    I give this a ‘C’…for compassionate and caring!

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  48. Bobbie Curry - April 4, 2019 2:22 pm

    I love this author! He can poke fun of himself. Takes criticism gracefully. Can you spell -j-e-a-l-o-u-s?

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  49. Deb Phillips - April 4, 2019 2:26 pm

    A C means average. You are anything but average.

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  50. Pecos Kate - April 4, 2019 2:27 pm

    Another great post! You have the right spirit, Sean. “Keep on keep’n on”.

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  51. Debbie Britt - April 4, 2019 2:27 pm

    And this, my friend, is why I love you! Keep writing because you bring smiles to so many and make my heart light up! There’s still good in this world!

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  52. debbie gillespie - April 4, 2019 2:35 pm

    Bases loaded and another home run! Yes, you are loved and remind us all how to be a little more loving each day.

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  53. Tanya - April 4, 2019 2:35 pm

    I don’t write to authors. And, you are one. I’m grateful to them, however, for the hours of quiet entertainment and reflection, for the knowledge imparted, for the tears and laughter. I especially appreciate your work because it brings old America back to me, assuring that people haven’t really changed in spite of the ugliness that confronts us daily. We need to hear the stories. It recharges a weary soul. Thank you.

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  54. Jess in Athens, GA - April 4, 2019 2:49 pm

    Sean, I’m a 76-year old man. I don’t know you personally, but I love you for all the good you do through your writing. You find the best in the people you meet along the way, that’s a wonderful trait. Wish I was more like you in that way. I do enjoy your writings and I look forward to reading your words every day….so just keep writing and we’ll keep reading and getting inspired by your words. Have a wonderful day.

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  55. Gordon - April 4, 2019 2:50 pm

    Sean-I was a bashful C student in grammar and high school but due to the encouragement, support, and love of my maternal Grandmother, attained a masters degree. I love you, Sean. And I love your writings.

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  56. Marilyn - April 4, 2019 2:53 pm

    Loved today’s column and look forward to reading it each and every day. Too bad there are so many “picky” people who have nothing better to do than pick apart what someone else does, says or writes. Pay no attention to them. Your writing makes my day. Oh, I have 6 night lights! Do I get the prize for the most? LOL

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  57. Carol Heidbreder - April 4, 2019 2:58 pm

    Sean, first of all…love you right back! Finished my trip through college(and it was quite an adventure) with many C’s and three children. Then the state mandated a master’s degree for all of us graduating after a certain year. Of course that would be me. Had to do this while teaching full time , and yes, those same three children needed me too. My grades were better this time around but what I learned clawing out those C’s was far greater and more useful. I agree with Ginger. A’s do not necessarily predict success. Have always said the good C student will be the backbone of society. I’m an old lady now, and have seen that to be true. Big name schools are material for another column. Seen some great successes of C students from institutions with no great name recognition. Just let the negative slide off and keep sending us hope, joy, warmth and love for our neighbor and the strangers at the grocery store, post office, on the street , just every where! You remind us to look and listen and then look inside ourselves to see what we have to give, how we can help someone else. Yes buy some groceries, baby sit a child for a single mom, welcome a troubled teen to “help” you with house or yard chores, give an elderly person your TIME! Keep telling it, Sean! You are the start to a better day. We all need that! And maybe a nice cup of Joe or English breakfast tea?

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  58. Peggy Savage - April 4, 2019 3:03 pm

    You are such a breath of fresh air. C’s don’t matter; A’s don’t matter. What matters is who you are, and what you do. You are a good person Sean D. You do so much for so many. Just keep doing what you are called to do. Love you…

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  59. Jack Darnell - April 4, 2019 3:07 pm

    The girl who sat in front of me in French I who was an honor student and never made a C. but because of her I could not pay attention and made a ‘C’ . So I just married her! That gave me an A+ in life now for 62 years.
    Now we are just Sherry & jack

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  60. Jannie Bryant - April 4, 2019 3:10 pm

    Bless you Sean

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  61. Jeff Hoye - April 4, 2019 3:23 pm

    Love reading your blog Sean. The Cs run the world too.

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  62. Charaleen Wright - April 4, 2019 3:31 pm

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  63. Jana Frost - April 4, 2019 3:33 pm

    And thank you for being so kind, thoughtful and looking for the good in people. It makes my heart sing!

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  64. John T (Terry) Olive - April 4, 2019 3:34 pm

    Go gettum, Sean. Keep up the good work that touches and encourages most of us. I am thankful for a time when I was able to encourage you a little bit.

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  65. Linda Moon - April 4, 2019 3:50 pm

    I love you, too,,,,,,and my cats and my family and my friends….and on and on….

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  66. HG - April 4, 2019 4:14 pm

    My mother and I bond over your posts, and our shared experiences. You bring a smile to our faces, and joy to our hearts. And continue to renew faith in the goodness of humanity.

    MLK received Cs in speech class, and still had a lot of good to share, despite not having perfect enunciation, signposting, or always including complete citations.

    Don’t let the prefect be the enemy of the good – Aristotle, Confucius, Voltaire, and many others

    I am a professor, and I am deeply grateful for what you share.

    We love you too. 🙂

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    • HG - April 4, 2019 4:16 pm

      Oops, me too. “perfect”

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  67. Joy Davis - April 4, 2019 4:19 pm

    As I have always told my 2 kids, as long as you try your best it doesn’t matter what the grade is, even if it is a “C”. And in my opinion your writing is the BEST! Thanks for always looking out for the little guy and sharing those stories with your readers!

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  68. Susan - April 4, 2019 4:41 pm

    Sean – As someone who has been a Professor since 1990 (so almost 30 years!), you are an A+. A real, live storyteller. That’s a lost art, and one you do unbelievably well. So well, that I would love to see you TEACH a college-level English class in Storytelling. So for the ENG 101 teacher who doesn’t like your “plain” stories – that’s ok, because you are on an ENG 357 level. Write. Just do it. And do it your way, because it is a gift. A gift that so few have anymore. And I love that you are using your gift, when so many others do not.

    I love your heart, your gift, and you. ❤️❤️❤️
    Love,
    Dr. Susan

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  69. Gale Smith - April 4, 2019 5:08 pm

    The most intelligent instructor I ever had in any of the colleges I went to, once told me that the best themes, essays, short stories, etc, always came from his “C” students. He was an English/Literature teacher, and by best, he meant most interesting, most unusual, and/or most entertaining. I have found his insight to be right on target. So be happy, Sean, you are obviously one of the best.

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  70. Patricia A Schmaltz - April 4, 2019 5:31 pm

    I love you and your writing! (Is this considered plagiarizing?) In fact, you have inspired me to start writing my ‘book’. Thank you Sean!

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  71. Lisa Perkins - April 4, 2019 6:21 pm

    My mother and l love reading your posts! Don’t listen to these overly sensitive readers. Keep on inspiring and amusing us with your stories, observations and wit!

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  72. Jeanne Butler - April 4, 2019 7:15 pm

    I love you. I’ve read all your books. Just ignore the haters. I’m sure they don’t hear I love you much.

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  73. Holmes Edy - April 4, 2019 7:58 pm

    You make me smile.

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  74. Wadena - April 4, 2019 8:05 pm

    Never Ever Ever stop writing!

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  75. Susan Kennedy - April 4, 2019 8:12 pm

    People. Whatever. Keep doing what you’re doing. I love you.

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  76. Emjay - April 4, 2019 8:25 pm

    I love you, Sean. And I love all your readers who say it with such meaningful examples.

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  77. Cheryl Gin - April 5, 2019 2:00 am

    I love you just like you are. I look forward to getting my cup of coffee and reading your blog every day. I read 6 of your books in one week. I could not put them down. I shared them with 2 of my coworkers and they now love you. I finished Lyla today before work. I work in a veterinary hospital. What are the odd’s we would have a puppy today named Lyla? That is a sign for sure.

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  78. Tim Up North - April 5, 2019 3:42 am

    Those who can do. Those who can’t…teach! You do it, Sean! We’re northern Minnesota folk but have been spending a few months in the Panhandle each winter for 7 years and visiting for 15. Snowbirds! Been through about every town and city you’ve written about a feel the same as you do about them. Try Parson’s Son in Ft Walton Beach for great BBQ or Ed’s in Defuniak for a great burger.
    Read y’all every morning while sipping coffee. We laugh and cry with you and feel blessed to read your words. My Father (RIP) taught me to see the good in people and help those who couldn’t smile. We’ll be seeing our fathers again someday and I hope mine is as proud of me as I’m sure yours is proud of you.

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  79. Rebecca - April 5, 2019 1:54 pm

    Sean, I love your column!!! I have my devotional with my coffee first thing every morning then I read your email in my inbox. You write about people, places and things God wants us to see, hear, taste and experience around us – you put things into perspective for me which starts my day on a good note! So, keep on keeping on, you and Jamie! You two hide your wings also! God bless!

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  80. Steve Winfield - April 5, 2019 3:39 pm

    I love you back!

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  81. Ellen Turvey - April 7, 2019 8:58 am

    Thanks. Cs are ok. I know. It just means you did your best. You didn’t fail. Your ok. Keep trying . You’ll make it . Love you too.

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  82. Susan Self - April 7, 2019 11:21 pm

    I love you Sean. You helped me to love people again. Thank you.

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  83. Kathy - April 10, 2019 10:49 am

    A C girl myself. I’ve done all right!👍. And love you too Buddy💋

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  84. Mary Lee - April 11, 2019 8:25 pm

    No C here. I think your writing is A+. Love it and yes…love you. Thank you.

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  85. Millie - May 4, 2019 12:49 pm

    I love you. You bring faith and hope to this cruel world. And for that I am thankful that I get to read one of your stories everyday. Keep it up, for you are real. Have a great day.

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  86. Davidica McConnell - May 4, 2019 2:32 pm

    I love you, Sean. I love your critics. I love your supporters. I love all the people who encouraged you and discouraged you to write. You are so brilliant! God has given you a special gift and I am so grateful to you for using it!! For people like me who are just average, you so often say the things we wish we could. I will forever be indebted to you for that. I love you!❤️ ~Davidica

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  87. G. Mitchell - May 4, 2019 3:29 pm

    Sean, your mama gets an A for raising such a kind, uplifting and thoughtful man.

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  88. Donald - May 4, 2019 6:33 pm

    Now, I have heard commentaries for the better part of 50years.
    Wisdom, wit and courtesy are the mainstays I look for. It is well that we look for truth, but it really isn’t hard to find when the Heart is in the meat of the subject.
    Grades don’t make the man, woman or child.
    Sacrifice, heart and true human love gives you A+’S all the time
    I appreciate your stories and the humor you bring to your life. No matter how hard it was, you remember them as if it were last week or last month. Sir, I say continue on your path and keep showing the world how gracious you can be in the face of judgement. Know this! I won’t judge you because I know my faults. Be safe and continue to share your stories with those of us that know how to love and pray for you.😊

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  89. Debbie Shiflett - May 4, 2019 10:21 pm

    I love you yoo! Enough to share your posts OFTEN because I know so many people who need to be reminded that LIFE Is Good, to steal a good company’s name. Nit pickers are just thst, nit pickets, nothing positive from them.

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